Monthly Archives: August 2020

UPDATE #11: Colonial Pipeline – SR2448 Response, August 27, 2020 9:00 PM EST

Colonial Pipeline continues to focus on our key priorities — protecting the safety of people and the environment.

Key activities at this time include:

  • Colonial participated in the August 27 Community Meeting in Huntersville. Greg Glaze, Colonial Pipeline Southeast District Director of Operations and Incident Commander for the SR2448 Response, joined the meeting remotely on behalf of Colonial due to COVID-19 and Colonial’s on-going response to Hurricane Laura.
  • The area around Line 1 was backfilled with clean soil after the repair was made on August 19. The repair was tested and monitored to ensure the safety of the pipeline.
  • At this time, 23 residential water wells have been tested for petroleum products with zero detections of petroleum constituents. In alignment with NCDEQ guidance, and based on current data, Colonial will continue sampling residential water wells within 1,500 feet going forward. These results will be shared with individual landowners and NCDEQ.
  • As part of Colonial’s ongoing site assessment and remediation activities, we are currently conducting multiple types of testing, including advancing soil borings to determine impacts to soil and installing groundwater monitoring wells to determine the nature and extent of groundwater impacts. In addition, we have installed four fixed recovery wells in close proximity to the site.
  • As we continue our assessment process, to date, more than 100 soil borings have been taken.
  • Soil is currently being removed from site and properly disposed. To date, Colonial has excavated approximately 780 tons of soil for off-site disposal.

In an ongoing effort to update the public of our response efforts and answer questions, Colonial is continuously adding to the FAQ section of our response site and posted additional Q&As today.

UPDATE #10: Colonial Pipeline – SR2448 Response, August 26, 2020 – 2:00 PM EST

Colonial continues to work in cooperation with the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) and Mecklenburg County agencies, as we keep safety and environmental protection at the forefront of our assessment and remediation activities.

According to the plan approved by Mecklenburg County Emergency Management, Huntersville-Concord Road re-opened to all traffic the morning of Monday, August 24, as scheduled.

Ongoing Remediation Efforts

To date, Colonial has excavated approximately 780 tons of soil for off-site disposal, installed more than 100 soil borings as part of the site delineation, installed groundwater monitoring wells and recovery product points, sampled surface water, and collected water samples from 17 residential water wells within a 2,000-feet radius of the release site.

At this time, all residential water wells tested have indicated “non-detect” for gasoline or dissolved-phase gasoline components.

Residential Well Sampling & Monitoring/Recovery Wells

We are currently conducting multiple types of well testing – one for residential wells and the other for borings/monitoring wells.  Soil borings are used as part of our assessment efforts to identify the location of product. Three borings where product was measured, have been converted to temporary product recovery wells.  The recovery wells are part of our ongoing investigatory and remediation activities in the area of the site and will be replaced with fixed recovery wells in the near future.  As an interim measure, vac trucks are being used to remove product.  The assessment is ongoing, and it is anticipated that additional recovery wells will be installed as part of a NCDEQ-approved remediation approach.

Colonial will continue to sample residential water wells within the 1,500-feet radius of the release site, under the direction of the NCDEQ, and will communicate results directly with these landowners. Results from the initial residential water well sampling are being hand delivered to these residents, and we have also shared these results with the NCDEQ.

Community Meeting

Colonial has also confirmed its participation in the August 27 Community Meeting in Huntersville. Greg Glaze, Colonial Pipeline Southeast District Director of Operations and Incident Commander for the SR2448 Response, will join the meeting remotely on behalf of Colonial due to COVID-19 and Colonial’s response to Hurricane Laura.

Rest assured, we have been in the Huntersville Community for more than fifty years and remain committed to our path of environmental remediation and keeping stakeholders informed.

UPDATE #9: Colonial Pipeline – SR2448 Response August 24, 2020 – 5:00 AM EST

According to the plan approved by Mecklenburg County Emergency Management, Huntersville-Concord Road re-opened to all traffic the morning of Monday, August 24, as scheduled. The road had been closed as part of Colonial Pipeline’s repair and remediation response, following a product release on Colonial’s gasoline pipeline near Huntersville-Concord Road between Lawther Road and Asbury Chapel Road.

Colonial Pipeline continues to work on site remediation while remaining focused on our key priorities — protecting the safety of people and the environment.

UPDATE #8: Colonial Pipeline – SR2448 Response August 22, 2020 – 6:15 PM EST

Colonial Pipeline continues to work on site remediation while remaining focused on our key priorities — protecting the safety of people and the environment.

On Friday, August 21, Huntersville Mayor John Aneralla conducted a Q&A session with experts from Mecklenburg County Emergency Management, North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) and Colonial Pipeline. Questions were submitted by residents to the Mayor’s office or Colonial Pipeline. The video can be viewed below as part of the ongoing communications efforts to keep residents informed.

Huntersville-Concord Road is scheduled to reopen on Monday, August 24. Until the re-opening, the temporary traffic detour around the work site via Glendale Drive, Ramah Church Road and Hiwassee Road remains in effect.

Work teams continue to conduct ongoing environmental monitoring under the guidance of the NCDEQ.  Colonial will remain in the community as long as necessary to sample and test wells within a 2,000-foot radius of the product release, which exceeds the 1,500-foot requirement by NCDEQ. To date, tests have been conducted on 16 wells and no petroleum constituents have been detected. Colonial is sharing results with individual landowners. Colonial has also delivered more than 500 letters to residents near the release site, and responded to numerous phone calls, emails and web form submissions to keep residents updated on site remediation work.

We continue to provide updates through our response website at https://sr2448.colonialresponse.com   In response to inquiries from residents, we have updated the FAQ portion of the site with additional information. Residents are welcome to submit questions to Colonial through the site, and a Colonial representative will respond.

Colonial appreciates the ongoing support and open line of communication with local, state and federal agencies, including the Huntersville Fire and Police Departments, the City of Huntersville, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Stormwater Services, Charlotte Water, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management, Mecklenburg Public Health, Mecklenburg County Parks & Recreation, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, the North Carolina Emergency Management, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region IV.

We will continue to work together to ensure public safety and protection of the local environment.

The following summarizes and updates key response activities at this time:

  • The leak is stopped and the vast majority of the release has been recovered, with recovery continuing.
  • The pipeline has been restarted in accordance with Colonial’s operating procedures.
  • Colonial continues to operate in an Incident Command System (ICS) to ensure a well-managed response, in conjunction with the support and collaboration from local response partners.
  • A consistent open line of communication continues with local, state and federal agencies, including the Huntersville Fire and Police Departments, the City of Huntersville, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Stormwater Services, Charlotte Water, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management, Mecklenburg Public Health, Mecklenburg County Parks & Recreation, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, the North Carolina Emergency Management, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region IV.
  • We are sharing environmental testing results with the United States Environmental Protection Agency, NC Department of Environmental Quality, and Mecklenburg County.
  • Mecklenburg County Public Health has been updated on the situation and has stated they do not believe there is any threat to potable drinking water wells.
  • Colonial has successfully implemented proactive measures to protect the closest surface waters, the North Prong of Clark Creek. These are precautionary measures and we continue to monitor the situation closely as we work with local and state resources. The creek is currently unaffected and is being closely monitored.
  • Colonial continues to reach out to local landowners to provide information on our response efforts.

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UPDATE #7: Colonial Pipeline – SR2448 Response August 20, 2020 – 8:30 PM EST

UPDATE #7: Colonial Pipeline – SR2448 Response August 20, 2020

With the repair of the pipeline completed on August 19, 2020, Colonial Pipeline is now focusing our work on restoring the site while remaining focused on our key priorities — protecting the safety of people and the environment.

Our ongoing environmental monitoring and remediation efforts are being conducted under the guidance of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).  Colonial will be in the community as long as necessary to sample and test wells within a 2,000-foot radius of the product release and is sharing results with individual landowners.

Colonial continues to work with the City of Huntersville and the North Carolina Department of Transportation to re-open Huntersville-Concord Road as soon as possible.  We anticipate the road will reopen on Monday, August 24. Until the re-opening, the temporary traffic detour around the work site via Glendale Drive, Ramah Church Road and Hiwassee Road remains in effect.

We continue to provide updates through our response website at https://sr2448.colonialresponse.com.  Residents are welcome to submit questions to Colonial through the site, and a Colonial representative will respond.

Colonial appreciates the ongoing support of the Huntersville Fire Department, the Huntersville Police Department, the City of Huntersville, Mecklenburg County and other response partners as we work together to ensure public safety and protection of the local environment.

The following summarizes and updates key response activities at this time:

  • The leak is stopped and the vast majority of the release has been recovered, with recovery continuing.
  • The pipeline has been restarted in accordance with Colonial’s operating procedures.
  • Colonial continues to operate in an Incident Command System (ICS) to ensure a well-managed response, in conjunction with the support and collaboration from local response partners.
  • A consistent open line of communication continues with local, state and federal agencies including the Huntersville Fire and Police Departments, the City of Huntersville, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Stormwater Services, Charlotte Water, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management, Mecklenburg Public Health, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, the North Carolina Emergency Management, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region IV.
  • We are sharing environmental testing results with the United States Environmental Protection Agency, NC Department of Environmental Quality, and Mecklenburg County.
  • Mecklenburg County Public Health has been updated on the situation and has stated they do not believe there is any threat to potable drinking water wells.
  • Colonial has successfully implemented proactive measures to protect the closest surface waters, the North Prong of Clark Creek. These are precautionary measures and we continue to monitor the situation closely as we work with local and state resources. The creek is currently unaffected and is being closely monitored.
  • Colonial continues to reach out to local landowners to provide information on our response efforts.

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UPDATE #6: Colonial Pipeline – SR2448 Response August 19, 2020 6:58 PM

UPDATE #6: Colonial Pipeline – SR2448 Response August 19, 2020 6:58PM

As of approximately 6 p.m., August 19, 2020, the pipeline has been repaired.

Colonial appreciates the patience of the community, and we assure you that our priorities — the safety of people and protection of the environment — remain the same as we move into ongoing monitoring and remediation.

Our ongoing environmental monitoring and remediation efforts will be conducted under the guidance of NCDEQ. Colonial will continue to sample and test wells within a 2,000-foot radius of the product release, and individual results will be shared with landowners.

Colonial has also been monitoring air quality around the site since the release and all results indicate air quality is safe for the public.  We are also actively removing soil that was impacted by the spill for proper disposal.

Colonial remains committed to communicating with concerned citizens, local leaders and regulatory agencies. We continue to provide updates through our response website at https://sr2448.colonialresponse.com.  Residents are welcome to submit questions to Colonial through the site, and a Colonial representative will respond.

Colonial will work with the City of Huntersville and the North Carolina Department of Transportation to re-open Huntersville-Concord Road as quickly as possible.  At this time, a section of the road remains closed as we allow crews continued safe access to the site.  We will update the community as more information becomes available.

A temporary traffic detour around the work site via Glendale Drive, Ramah Church Road and Hiwassee Road remains in effect. Colonial is working with local residents to maintain access to residences impacted by the road closure.

Colonial appreciates the ongoing support of the Huntersville Fire Department, the Huntersville Police Department, the City of Huntersville, Mecklenburg County, and other response partners as we work together to ensure public safety and protection of the local environment.

The following summarizes and updates key response activities at this time:

  • The leak was stopped and the vast majority of the release has been recovered, with recovery continuing.
  • The pipeline will be restarted in accordance with Colonial’s operating procedures over the next several hours.
  • Colonial continues to operate in an Incident Command System (ICS) to ensure a well-managed response, in conjunction with the support and collaboration from local response partners.
  • A consistent open line of communication continues with local, state and federal agencies including the Huntersville Fire and Police Departments, the City of Huntersville, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Stormwater Services, Charlotte Water, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management, Mecklenburg Public Health, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, the North Carolina Emergency Management, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region IV.
  • We are sharing environmental testing results with the United States Environmental Protection Agency, NC Department of Environmental Quality, and Mecklenburg County.
  • Mecklenburg County Public Health has been updated on the situation and has stated they do not believe there is any threat to potable drinking water wells.
  • Colonial has successfully implemented proactive measures to protect the closest surface waters, the North Prong of Clark Creek. These are precautionary measures and we continue to monitor the situation closely as we work with local and state resources. The creek is currently unaffected and is being closely monitored.
  • Colonial continues to reach out to local landowners to provide information on our response efforts.

About Colonial Pipeline:  Colonial Pipeline Company, founded in 1962, connects refineries ­– primarily located in the Gulf Coast ­– with customers and markets throughout the Southern and Eastern United States through a pipeline system that spans more than 5,500 miles. The company delivers refined petroleum products such as gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, home heating oil, and fuel for the U.S. Military.  Colonial is committed to safety and environmental stewardship across its operations.  More information about Colonial is available at www.colpipe.com.

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UPDATE #5: Colonial Pipeline – SR2448 Response August 18, 2020 5:55 PM

UPDATE #5: Colonial Pipeline – SR2448 Response August 18, 2020 5:55 PM

More than 250 Colonial employees, contractors and personnel from the Huntersville Fire Department continue working 24 hours per day as part of an ongoing response effort in Huntersville, NC.  Repair plans are in place and crews are working to safely complete the work.

The safety of the public and response personnel and protecting the environment continue to be key priorities.  A section of Huntersville-Concord Road remains closed to allow crews safe access to the site.  The community will be notified when the work is complete and road re-opened.

Colonial Pipeline is actively working with local residents to sample and test wells within a 2,000 foot radius of the product release.  The radius was determined based on analysis of the location of homes in the area and also exceeds the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) established guideline of 500 feet.

Efforts to monitor the situation and narrow the scope of focus will be ongoing, and Colonial will be in communication with landowners in this area as results on their specific wells are provided.

Colonial is also sharing testing results with the U.S. EPA, the NCDEQ, and Mecklenburg County.

In addition, Mecklenburg County Public Health has been updated on the situation and plans to monitor the progress.  At this time, Public Health has stated they do not believe there is any threat to potable drinking water wells.

Colonial appreciates the ongoing support of the Huntersville Fire Department, the Huntersville Police Department and other response partners as we work together to ensure public safety and protection of the local environment.

The following summarizes and updates key response activities at this time:

  • The pipeline remains shut down and road closures are in place to ensure a safe work environment and the safety of the public.
  • Crews are onsite and are actively working to control and monitor the source so that clean-up and repairs can continue.
  • Colonial has worked with the Huntersville Police Department and the North Carolina Department of Transportation to establish the road closure of Huntersville-Concord Road between Lawther Road and Asbury Chapel Road, and provide a temporary traffic detour around the work site via Glendale Drive, Ramah Church Road and Hiwassee Road.
  • Colonial is working with local residents to maintain local access to residences impacted by the road closure.
  • Colonial has established an Incident Command System (ICS) to ensure a well-managed response, in conjunction with the support and collaboration from local response partners.
  • An open line of communication has been established with several local, state and federal agencies including the Huntersville Fire and Police Departments, the City of Huntersville, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Stormwater Services, Charlotte Water, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management, Mecklenburg Public Health, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, the North Carolina Emergency Management, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region IV.
  • Colonial Pipeline estimates that approximately 63,000 gallons (1,500 barrels) of gasoline was released from the line. The majority of the product was recovered as it was being released.
  • Colonial has implemented proactive environmental protection efforts including air quality monitoring and water quality sampling.
  • Colonial has successfully implemented proactive measures to protect the closest surface waters, the North Prong of Clark Creek. These are precautionary measures and we continue to monitor the situation closely as we work with local and state resources. The creek is currently unaffected and is being closely monitored.
  • Colonial has reached out to local landowners to provide information on our response efforts in their area.

Additional updates will be posted to the Colonial website at https://sr2448.colonialresponse.com as new information becomes available. All future notices regarding this situation will be posted to this site.

About Colonial Pipeline:  Colonial Pipeline Company, founded in 1962, connects refineries ­– primarily located in the Gulf Coast ­– with customers and markets throughout the Southern and Eastern United States through a pipeline system that spans more than 5,500 miles. The company delivers refined petroleum products such as gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, home heating oil, and fuel for the U.S. Military.  Colonial is committed to safety and environmental stewardship across its operations.  More information about Colonial is available at www.colpipe.com.

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UPDATE #4: Colonial Pipeline – SR2448 Response August 17, 2020 6:00 PM

The safety of the public and response personnel and protecting the environment continue to be key priorities as work crews continue to operate on a 24-hour schedule as part of efforts to repair a pipeline in Huntersville, NC.  A section of Huntersville-Concord Road remains closed to allow crews safe access to the site.

Nearly 200 Colonial employees, contractors and the Huntersville Fire Department personnel are part of the response effort.

Colonial appreciates the ongoing support of the Huntersville Fire Department, the Huntersville Police Department and other response partners as we work together to ensure public safety and protection of the local environment.

 The following summarizes and updates key response activities at this time:

  •  The pipeline segment remains shut down at this time and road closures are in place to ensure a safe work environment and the safety of the public.
  • Crews are onsite and are actively working to control and monitor the source so that clean-up and repairs can begin as needed.
  • Colonial has worked with the Huntersville Police Department and the North Carolina Department of Transportation to establish the road closure of Huntersville-Concord Road between Lawther Road and Asbury Chapel Road, and provide a temporary traffic detour around the work site via Glendale Drive, Ramah Church Road and Hiwassee Road.
  • Colonial is working with local residents to maintain local access to residences impacted by the road closure.
  • Colonial has established an Incident Command System (ICS) to ensure a well-managed response, in conjunction with the support and collaboration from local response partners.
  • An open line of communication has been established with several state and local agencies including the Huntersville Fire and Police Departments, the City of Huntersville, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Stormwater Services, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management, Mecklenburg Public Health, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Colonial Pipeline estimates that 63,000 gallons of gasoline have been released from the line, and the majority of the product was recovered as it was being released.
  • Colonial has implemented proactive environmental protection efforts including air quality monitoring and water quality sampling.
  • Colonial is actively working with local residents to sample and test wells. Mecklenburg County Public Health has been updated on the situation and plans to monitor the progress.  At this time, Public Health does not believe there is any threat to potable drinking water wells.
  • Colonial has successfully implemented proactive measures to protect the closest surface waters, the North Prong of Clark Creek. These are precautionary measures and we continue to monitor the situation closely as we work with local and state resources. The creek is currently unaffected and is being closely monitored.
  • Colonial has reached out to local landowners to provide information on our response efforts in their area.

Additional updates will be posted to the Colonial website at https://sr2448.colonialresponse.com as new information becomes available. All future notices regarding this situation will be posted to this site.

 About Colonial Pipeline:  Colonial Pipeline Company, founded in 1962, connects refineries ­– primarily located in the Gulf Coast ­– with customers and markets throughout the Southern and Eastern United States through a pipeline system that spans more than 5,500 miles. The company delivers refined petroleum products such as gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, home heating oil, and fuel for the U.S. Military.  Colonial is committed to safety and environmental stewardship across its operations.  More information about Colonial is available at www.colpipe.com.

 

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UPDATE #3: Colonial Pipeline – SR2448 Response August 16, 2020 4:30 PM

Colonial Pipeline continues to work diligently in a coordinated response effort, keeping safety and environmental protection at the forefront.

Colonial has established an Incident Command System (ICS) to ensure a well-orchestrated response, in conjunction with the support and collaboration from our local response partners.  The pipeline remains shut down as Colonial crews are working 24 hours a day.

The company appreciates the ongoing support of the Huntersville Fire Department, the Huntersville Police Department and other response partners as we work together to ensure public safety and protection of the local environment.

The following summarizes key response activities at this time:

  • Colonial has reached out to local landowners to provide information on our response efforts in their area.
  • Notifications have been made to local, state and federal agencies, per Colonial’s response procedure and regulatory requirements.
  • Crews are onsite and are actively working to control and monitor the source so that clean-up and repairs can begin, as needed.
  • Colonial has worked with the Huntersville Police Department and the North Carolina Department of Transportation to establish a road closure of Huntersville-Concord Road between Lawther Road and Asbury Chapel Road, and provide a temporary traffic detour around the work site via Glendale Drive, Ramah Church Road and Hiwassee Road.
  • Colonial is working with local residents to maintain local access to residences impacted by the road closure.
  • Air quality monitoring has been set up by Colonial as part of our standard response protocols. Air quality in the surrounding area has been deemed safe, and monitoring will continue.

Additional updates will be posted to the Colonial website at https://sr2448.colonialresponse.com as new information becomes available. All future notices regarding this situation will be posted to this site.

About Colonial Pipeline:  Colonial Pipeline Company, founded in 1962, connects refineries ­– primarily located in the Gulf Coast ­– with customers and markets throughout the Southern and Eastern United States through a pipeline system that spans more than 5,500 miles. The company delivers refined petroleum products such as gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, home heating oil, and fuel for the U.S. Military.  Colonial is committed to safety and environmental stewardship across its operations.  More information about Colonial is available at www.colpipe.com.

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UPDATE #2: Colonial Pipeline – SR2448 Response August 15, 2020 7:00 PM

At approximately 5:42 p.m., on Friday, August 14, 2020, Colonial Pipeline responded to a report of a product release near our gasoline pipeline in the area of Huntersville, North Carolina. Upon notification, the pipeline was shut down and crews were dispatched to the site.

The pipeline remains shut down at this time while Colonial crews, in conjunction with first responders from the Huntersville Fire Department and Huntersville Police Department, work together on this coordinated response.  Our primary focus is maintaining the safety of responders and the public, and the protection of the environment.

The following summarizes key response activities at this time:

  • Notifications have been made to local, state and federal agencies, per Colonial’s response procedure and regulatory requirements.
  • Crews are onsite and are actively working to control and monitor the source so that clean-up and repairs can begin, as needed.
  • The Huntersville Fire Department is onsite to assist Colonial.
  • The Huntersville Police Department is onsite securing the site and providing traffic control.
  • Colonial has worked with the Huntersville Police Department to establish a road closure along Huntersville-Concord Road between Lawther Road and Asbury Chapel Road, and temporary traffic detours around the work site via Glendale Drive.
  • Colonial is working with the Huntersville Police Department and local residents to maintain local access to residences impacted by the road closure.
  • Air monitoring has been set up by Colonial. Air quality in the surrounding area has been deemed safe, and monitoring will continue.
  • Colonial is collaborating with local agencies as we work together to protect the safety of all and the local environment.

Additional updates will be posted to the Colonial website at https://sr2448.colonialresponse.com as new information becomes available. All future notices regarding this situation will be posted to this site.

About Colonial Pipeline:  Colonial Pipeline Company, founded in 1962, connects refineries ­– primarily located in the Gulf Coast ­– with customers and markets throughout the Southern and Eastern United States through a pipeline system that spans more than 5,500 miles. The company delivers refined petroleum products such as gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, home heating oil, and fuel for the U.S. Military.  Colonial is committed to safety and environmental stewardship across its operations.  More information about Colonial is available at www.colpipe.com.

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